Golly, it’s gong time again
Hard though it may be to believe, awards season – which now lasts close to six months – has just kicked into action. The opening salvoes come with the arrival of the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals. Venice opened with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which received near-universal acclaim and is surely in strong position to draw gongs into its orbit. Benedict Cumberbatch has been getting strong notices for his performance as mathematician Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.
Perhaps the most celebrated film of the nascent season stands little chance of registering with Oscar voters.
The latest from Swedish absurdist Roy Andersson has left reviewers at Venice utterly breathless. Both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph awarded five stars to the pithily titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. We can’t wait.